A 3.5-year-old Native American Hoop Dancer will perform at noon on Monday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC). Zayden and his Grandmother Carla Jaramillo have just returned from the 2023 New Mexico Pow Wow and will grace BESC with their time. Courtesy photo
The Betty Ehart Senior Center will celebrate its 25th birthday on May 1. May the first is also the kickoff to Older Americans Month and of course May Day is a day to celebrate National Workers.
The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a community resource fair and some craft booth. The day will include a FREE lunch for members 60 and over with current paperwork, live music and more. Lunch reservations are required by 9 a.m. and only dine-in spaces remain. The Lads and Lasses of Enchantment, an a cappella chorus will sing at 11:30 a.m. followed by a Native American Hoop Dancer at noon and live music at 12:30 p.m. from Ken Hendricks of Home Instead.
The festivities will include cake, a raffle for prizes to raise funds for the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Center (LARSO) staff morale program. Tickets are just $1 each and many prizes are available. The fundraising continues with a $5 sale of their CommUNITY of Faith*Hope*Love t-shirts and green and gold lanyards for just $2.
“Movement is Magic and Motion is the Potion,” Executive Director Bernadette Lauritzen said. “The senior centers will promote their upcoming Matter of Balance classes, nutrition education and exercise classes.”
DVDs will be on sale for $10 and highlight classes from Loretta Stubbs, Natalie Smith and Jacci from High Mountain Wellbeing. Many of the DVDs show ways to do exercise both sitting and standing. The DVDs are all local instructors and teachers will receive $5 of every purchase. Customers are asked to bring small bills to pay for items, as they are expecting a very busy day.
The centers are excited to offer free fruit samples from Velarde Farms, as part of their New Mexico Grown program. The grant from the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department has worked with LARSO and many senior centers across the state to eat local. The grant has allowed local farmers to sell direct to senior centers benefiting locally sourced foods, while enhancing the nutrition of seniors. Seniors must be 60 or older to receive the New Mexico Grown products.
Direct questions to the BESC main number at 505.662.8920.